ou may not know his name like you do that of Peter Molyneux or Cliffy B, but John Carmack is a legend within the gaming industry, having co-founded id Software back in 1991 and helped give rise to the FPS genre as we know it, creating such titles as Wolfenstien 3D, Doom and Quake. His programming skills are renowned, and his insight into the industry is always interesting. I highly recommend checking out his keynote speeches from the Quakecon events, although be warned there’s a considerable amount of techo-babble in there that may go straight over your head.
Anyway, John Carmack has now taken a job working on the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset which has had his interest, and the media’s, for some considerable time. He’ll now be working at the company’s Dallas branch as chief technology officer.
“The dream of VR has been simmering in the background for decades, but now, the people and technologies are finally aligning to allow it to reach the potential we imagined,” Carmack stated in a public announcement.
Development kits for the Oculus began shipping some time in March.
The Oculus Rift is a truly fascinating piece of technology, and whether or not it will even gain traction and become a true triumphant within the industry doesn’t take away from the fact that’s just plaing awesome. With Carmack now lending his talents and name to the company here’s hoping they can make even more leaps toward bringing the Oculus into every gamer’s house.